Messi finishes Europe's top scorer for third straight year

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi has become the first player to win Europe's Golden Shoe award for three straight years after his nearest challenger Kylian Mbappe failed to score the four goals he needed in Paris St Germain's final league match of the season on Friday.

U.S. players want more investment in women's game

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The 1999 U.S. women's team may defy comparison in the eyes of many soccer fans but, 20 years after their famous World Cup triumph, the challenges they faced are all too familiar with pay and conditions still at the top of the agenda.

Holders U.S. shrug off weight of World Cup expectations

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Few of the 24 women's World Cup teams arriving in France for next month's tournament will bear the weight of expectation quite like reigning champions the United States.

Monaco salvage Ligue 1 status as Caen go down

PARIS (Reuters) - Monaco salvaged their Ligue 1 place despite losing 2-0 at Nice on Friday in the final game of a season in which they were always in danger of going down, while Caen were relegated.

Ludogorets win eighth Bulgarian title as opponents field weakened team

SOFIA (Reuters) - Ludogorets comfortably beat Cherno More Varna 4-1 at home on Friday to win the Bulgarian league title for an eighth season in a row but their final-day win was overshadowed by the visitors' decision to field a weakened team.

Villa meet Derby in playoff battle for 170 million pounds prize

(Reuters) - Aston Villa face Derby County in the Championship playoff final on Monday with both clubs desperate for a return to the Premier League in a game billed as the richest in world football with at least 170 million pounds ($216.19 million) on the line.

Pope extends Burnley contract until end of 2023

(Reuters) - Goalkeeper Nick Pope has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at Burnley until the end of the 2023 season, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Liverpool defeat has ruined Barca's season, says Messi

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi has said Barcelona's shock 4-0 defeat by Liverpool which sent them crashing out of the Champions League has ruined their season as they look to complete a domestic double when they face Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

Cameroon take chance on Enganamouit’s fitness for World Cup challenge

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Former African women’s Footballer of the Year Gaelle Enganamouit was named on Friday in Cameroon’s final squad for the women’s World Cup in France despite concerns over her fitness.

Enough is enough

PETALING JAYA: PKNS have lodged an official complaint over an alleged racial abuse on their player during a Super League match.

Not cool: PKNS forward Kpah Sherman (centre) says he has been abused before and thought it would never happen in a multiracial country like Malaysia. — Bernama